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Will Lustenader’s new geometric hard edge abstract body of work addresses spatial issues as well as the exploration of color and textural relationships. Lustenader’s masterful painterly technique draws a distant dialogue with renaissance through 19th century painting as well as tipping his hat to the modern masters. Will Lustenader lives and works in New Haven, CT. Lustenader received his MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London and his BA from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. His work has been included in numerous exhibits, including the San Diego Art Institute (2009), the Neuberger Museum (2008), and The New Britain Museum of American Art. His work can be found in many private and public collections.

Selected Exhibitions

2016 FRED.GIAMPIETRO GALLERY, New Haven, CT, group exhibitoin: "New Geometry"
2015 Silvermine Gallery, New Canaan, CT, "65th Art of the Northeast", curated by Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam
Housatonic Museum of Art, Remythologies: New Inventions of Old Stories
2014 FRED.GIAMPIETRO GALLERY, New Haven, CT, group exhibitoin: "Self-Absorbed"
Paul Mellon Arts Center, Choate Rosemay Hall, Wallingford, CT Solo Exhibition: "Manufactured Rarities"
FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery, New Haven, CT, "Will Lustenader & Blinn Jacobs
FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery, New Haven, CT, Solo Exhibition: "Approximating Continuity"
2013 John Slade Eli House Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT “Handful of Art” Group Show
Artspace, New Haven, CT “Domestic Spaces” Flatfile selections
2012 Giampietro Gallry, New Haven, CT “Look Out Out Look” Nov. 16 – Dec. 21
2011 Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT “Areas of Refuge” solo exhibition
Artspace, New Haven, CT “Out of Line” work on paper curated by Leslie Nolan,
Dir. Center of Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT
Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH group show “ ARCH., Exploring Made Space” Mar. 2011
Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Public Library, Greenwich, CT
“Three Visions: Perry Burns, Willard Lustenader and Karen Santry” Feb 3 – March16, 2011
2010 Silvermine Galleries,“61st Art of the Northeast”, New Canaan, CT,
Katie Rashid, director Jack Shainman Gallery, NY, juror
International Juried Show 2010, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ Jan. – Mar. 2010
artSPACE “Conspectus I” flat file exhib. New Haven, CT curated by Liza Statton
195 Gallery, New Alliance Bank Exec. Suite, New Haven, CT
2009 San Diego Art Institute, “50th Annual Awards Exhibition”, San Diego, CA
Manifest Gallery , “Monochrome”, Cincinnati, OH
artSPACE, “Refurbished Means”, New Haven, CT
Bachelier Cardonski Gallery, “Open House, David Eddy, Willard Lustenader, Kathryn McAuliffe,
Melissa Stern and Luari Zarin” Kent, CT
artSPACE, “ Index II”, New Haven, CT
Member’s Exh. City Wide Open Studios, artSPACE, New Haven, CT
John Slade Ely House Center for Contemporary Art, “Inviting Abstraction,
W. Lustenader, Megan Craig and Levni Sinanoglu, New Haven, CT
2008 Wesport Arts Center,” Willard Lustenader” Westport , CT . Solo Exhib.
Creative Arts Workshop, “Painting as Presence”, New Haven, CT, William Bailey juror, Honorable Mention
Silvermine Galleries, “59th Art of the Northeast” New Canaan, CT Thom Collins ,
Dir. Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY juror. Honorable Mention
Hygienic Gallery, New London, CT “Third Crossing” Jeffery Anderson, Dir.
F. Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT juror, Best in Show.
Brad Cooper Gallery, Tampa, FL “Co-Existence” 23rd Anniversary Exhib. Dec. 2007 – Feb. 2008
Seton Art Gallery, Sacred Heart University, Faculty Show, Fairfield, CT
2007 Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, New York, NY “The Unexpected”
Luchsinger Gallery, Wallace Performing Arts Center, Greenwich Acad., Greenwich, CT Solo Exhib.
Haskins Laboratories, New Haven , CT “Table Tops” ,Debbie Hesse curator
Seton Gallery, Uni. of New Haven, CT Faculty Show Nov./ Dec.
Brad Cooper Gallery Group Show, Tampa, FL
Hoorn Ashby Summer group, Nantucket, MA
artSPACE, New Haven, CT
2006 Brad Cooper Gallery, Tampa, FL “Conventional Wisdom” Solo Exhib.
Chase Freedman Gallery, JCC Greater Hartford, West Hartford, CT
“Four Years of Space” Solo Exhib.
Vanbrundt Gallery, Beacon, NY
artSPACE, Open Studios, New Haven, CT
Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, Nantucket, MA
Brad Cooper Gallery, Tampa, FL
Greenwich Art Soc. Members Exh. Greenwich, CT Dede Young juror
Stamford Art Assoc. Winter Exhibition, Stamford, CT
2005 Longstreth Goldberg Gallery, Naples FL
artSPACE, Open Studios, New Haven, CT
Bachelier Cardonsky Gallery, Carol Anthony, Willard Lustenader and Melissa Stern . Kent, CT
Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, Summer Group, New York, NY
Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, Nantucket, MA
Brad Cooper Gallery, Tampa , FL
2004 Brad Cooper Gallery, Tampa, FL “20 Years, 20 Artists”
Gallery North, Setauket, NY
Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme , CT “Annual Group Exhibition”
Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, New York, NY “City Life”
artSPACE, New Haven, CT “Open Studios1
Louisiana State University Art Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA “20x20x20” 1st prize.
Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, Nantucket, MA summer group
artSPACE, New Haven, CT benefit
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain , CT benefit
Brad Cooper Gallery, Tampa, FL summer show, gallery artists
2003 Brad Cooper Gallery, Tampa, FL “Painting and Drawing” Solo Exhib.
Melvin Gallery, Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL “Painting and Drawing” Solo Exhib.
Stephen F. Austin State University, Art Center, Nacogdoches, TX
Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
Kauffman Gallery, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA
Louisiana State University Art Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA “20 x 20 x 20”
Brad Cooper Gallery, Tampa, FL “Realist Arrangements”
artSPACE, New Haven, CT “Open Studios”
Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT “Annual Group Exhibition
2002 Premier Etage Galleries, Newport, RI “Recent Paintings” Solo Exhib.
Hartford Steam Boiler, Polytechnic Club, Hartford, CT Solo Exhib.
Brad Cooper Gallery, Tampa, FL “Nude in the Postmodern”, Best in Show.
John Slade Ely House, Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT “Portraits”
artSPACE, New Haven, CT “City Wide Open Studios”
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT “The Body Revealed, 200 Years of the American Nude”,
Douglas Hyland, curator
Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT “Annual Group Exhibition”
Premier Etage Gallery, Newport, RI “Gallery Artists”
2001 Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT “Annual Group Exhibition”
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain ,CT “Recent Acquisitions”
Premier Etage Galleries, Newport, RI “Figures and Still Life” Solo Exhib.
artSPACE, Citywide Open Studios, New Haven, CT
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT “Art for the Cure”, Honorable Mention.
2000 Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT “Annual Group Exhibition”
artSPACE, Citywide Open Studios, New Haven,CT
1999 Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT Solo Exhibi.
Yale University, Ezra Stiles College Master’s House, New Haven, CT Solo Exhib.
Silvermine Galleries, 50th Art of the Northeast, New Canaan, CT
Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT “Annual Group Exhibition”
1998 Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut
Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT
1997 Nassau Club, Princeton, N J Solo Exhib.
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT “Art for the Cure” Honorable Mention.
Gregory Gallery, Darien, CT
Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT
1996 Ward Center for the Arts, St. Paul’s School, Baltimore, MD
Solo Exhib. Paul Mellon Arts Center, Wallingford, CT
Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme , CT
Gregory Gallery, Darien, CT
artSPACE, New Haven, CT
John Slade Ely House, Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT, Award
Greenwich Art Society, Greenwich, CT E.C. Potter Award for Best in show.
Silvermine Guild Galleries, 46th Art of the Northeast, New Canaan, CT
Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT
1995 Paul Mellon Arts Center, Wallingford, CT "Portraits, Figures and Landscapes" Solo Exhib.
John Slade Ely House, Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT
Greene Art Gallery, Guilford, CT
Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT
1994 Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT
John Slade Ely House, Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT
1993 Wallace Library Gallery, Stony Creek, CT "Selected Paintings 1986-1993" Solo Exhib.
artSPACE, New Haven, CT
"New Work/New Haven, Juror's Choice" Willard Lustenader, Linda Lindroth and Bryan Nash Gill,
curated by Charlotta Kotik, Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art.
1992 artSPACE, New Haven, CT New Art/New Haven, curated by Charlotta Kotik
CB's Gallery, New York, NY "American Art Since 1992", curated by Margaret Bodell
1990 Hotel de Ville de Montrouge, Paris, France "XXXVe Salon de Montrouge"
1989 Madison Gallery, Madison ,CT
Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT
1988 Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT
1987 Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT "New Work" Solo Exhib.
Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT group
1986 Paul Mellon Arts Center, Wallingford, CT "New Paintings" Solo Exhib.
Sarah Rentschler Gallery, New York, NY 3 person exhib.
Greene Art Gallery, Guilford, CT
Southern Massachusettes University Gallery, North Dartmouth, MA
"Evils of Power", catalogue
1985 Showplace Gallery, New Haven, CT "Recent Paintings" Solo Exhib.
New Haven Foundation, New Haven, CT "Works on Paper" Solo Exhib.
Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT juried show.
Showplace Gallery, New Haven, CT Group show.
Richardson-Vicks Corp. Gallery, Wilton, CT, Alice Neal juror
Stamford Art Association, Stamford, CT "Faber-Birren Color Award Show" 2nd prize
Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT
Silvermine Gallery, New Members Show, New Canaan, CT
1984 Shoreline Alliance for the Arts, Guilford, CT
Richardson-Vicks Corp. Gallery, Wilton, CT , Robert Motherwell juror
1983 Wilton Gallery, Wilton, CT
Fox Hill Gallery, Ridgefield, CT
1979 Palmer Gallery, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Collections

New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
General Electric Corporation, New York, NY
Warburg Pincus, New York, NY
Surdna Foundation, New York, NY
Stephen Hood, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Robert and Maureen Rothchild Collection, New York, NY
Horace Irvine, II Collection, Boston, MA
Suida-Manning,Dolnier Collection, Watertown, CT and Newport, RI
Housatonic Technical College, Bridgeport, CT
Stoke, Stoke & Lanar LLC. Miami, FL
J. Skagen, Chicago, IL
Patrick and Carol Cardon, Pontlevoy, FR and Camden, ME
Burt and Elena Prohaska Glinn, Southampton, NY
B. and M. Cohen, Greenwich,CT
D. and K. Keegan, Greenwich, CT
Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT
F. and K. Giampietro,, New Haven, CT
H. Greene and M. Kluger, Redding, CT
Day Pitney LLP, New Haven, CT
Smilow Cancer Hospital, Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT

Bibliography

Areas of Refuge review Ct Art Scene
http://ctartscene.blogspot.com/2011/06/willard-lustenaders-pure-hybrids.html
New review for "Areas of Refuge" at Giampietro Gallery by Hank Hoffman for CT ART SCENE
Greenwich Time, Willard Lustenader in ‘Three Visions’ exhibition…” Jan. 13, 2011
New Haven Magazine, “The Family Home” by Duo Dickinson, Aug. / Sept., 2010 , p. 28
Manifest vol.39,” Monochrome” catalog Fine Arts Fund pub. 2009 , vol. 39, pp. 9-10
Cincinnati Art Snob, blogspot “Manifest” review posted Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009
Garage Noir, blogspot by Karl Stephan. June 6, 2009 vol. 2, issue 6
New Haven Register, “Paean to Painting” by Judy Burke, Sunday, May 18, 2008
Shoreline Times, “Painting as Presence” by Leah Lopez Schmalz, May 2008
Tampa Review 31/32, “Home Movie” p.11, Uni. of Tampa Pub., 2007
Greenwich Academy Gets Glimpse of Great Art, Greenwich Post, Nov. 15, 2007
Connecticut Art Scene, “Open Studios” by Hank Hoffman, Oct. 19, 2006
New Haven Independent, by Lesha Daley, “From ‘Swimsuit Girl’ to…..” Oct. 16, 2006
New Haven Advocate, Oct. 9, 2006, p.3
New Haven Register, City-wide Open Studios, Oct. 9, 2005
New York Times, CT section, p.13 June 19, 2005
The Ledger, Tampa, FL regional, review Emotion Flows from Realism in FSC Show”, Sept. 19, 2003, p. 4
St. Petersburg Times, Tampa, FL review “Feel the Tension in the Room” by L. Bennett, May 17, 2003
“The Introspective Realism of Willard Lustenader”, by Dr. S. Salamone, Brad Cooper Gallery publication, May 5, 2003
Newport This Week, Newport, RI review “Much to Ponder at Lustenader Show” May 30, 2002, P. 13
New Britain Museum of American Art, cat. The Body Revealed, April-June 2002
The Hartford Courant, Owen McNally, Oct. 7, 1999, p. 37
Antiques and the Arts Weekly, review “Cooley Gallery To Exibit Works by Contemporary Artist Bill Lustenader” Oct. 1, 1999, p. 80
Optimist, Northampton, MA cover and article by Mark Auerbach, “Light in the ….Art of Willard Lusternader” Oct.3, 1996
New Haven Register, May 3, 1987
New Haven Independent, review by Christopher Arnott, Revisionist History” vol. 1, no. 35, May7, 1987
Connecticut’s Finest Magazine, “People and Places”, Charotte Libov, Winter 1986 issue, p.18
Record-Journal, Wallingford, CT “Artist Expresses Images, Feelings…” interview by Martin Glasser, Mar. 3, 1986, p. 15
Southern CT Newspapers, Inc. , review by Philip Eliasoph, “Birren Show is a National Draw”, Oct. 27, 1985
New Haven Register, review/interview “Self-taught Painter captures Anxiety” by Diane Osborne, Oct. 1 1985
New Haven Register, “This Week”, Oct. 7, 1985
New Haven Register, review by Shirley Gonzales “ Kraczyna, Lustenader Shows” Sept. 26, 1985
The Hour, Norwalk, CT “New Talent Featured in Silvermine Exhibit” Mar. 15, 1985
The Sunday Post, Bridgeport, CT “New Muscle,….” Review by Russell Jinishian, Mar. 31, 1985 D3
Southern CT Newspapers. Inc. review by Philip Eliasoph, “The Best and the Brightest”, Jan. 13, 1985

About Willard Lustenader

At first glance, the paintings of Willard Lustenader appear like works of pure abstraction: studies of bold, primary colors, line, and sharp, geometric forms. But in fact, Lustenader creates representational, still-life paintings based on cut paper or bent wire, a practice that found its initial inspiration when his son’s school project left behind cut-out scraps. This choice of subject matter creates an intentional paradox, as what appear to be purely abstract compositions are actually based on observation. Lustenader has also pushed the work further into explorations of the abstract, inspired by the tension between line and space in layered compositions. “There is a bending and twisting of relationships that overlap and come back on themselves,” Lustenader has said of these more recent abstract works. “So, it is the idea of space and time that occupies my new work.”

American

Solo Shows on Artsy

2014
Will Lustenader - Approximating Continuity, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery, New Haven

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
New Geometry, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery, New Haven